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Battered Women's Protective StrategiesStronger Than You Know$
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Sherry Hamby

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199873654

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199873654.001.0001

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Immediate Situational Strategies

Immediate Situational Strategies

(p.92) (p.93) 6 Immediate Situational Strategies
Battered Women's Protective Strategies

Sherry Hamby

Oxford University Press

The first opportunity to protect one's self comes in the immediate moments of an attack. Women engage in all kinds of strategies to protect themselves and protect others when they are assaulted, much in the same way that victims of other crimes act to protect themselves. Some of these steps, such as calling the police, have been studied frequently. This research shows that women commonly use immediate situational strategies. Many important situational strategies have received less study. Although many safety plans recommend developing a signal or code with neighbors or children for dangerous times or packing a bag to be ready to flee in an emergency, only a few studies have examined these protective strategies. Using quantitative, qualitative, and clinical data, a range of immediate situational protective strategies are described. This chapter also discusses the issue of self-defense and the complexities of understanding self-defense in cases of domestic violence.

Keywords:   Situational strategies, self-defense, battered women, domestic violence, intimate partner violence

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